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June 27th Playbook

The National Journal reports that AG Eugene DePasquale will announce a bid for PA10 in July, while we ask who the next PAGOP Chair will be. Good morning politicos, here is the Playbook.

National Journal: DePasquale To Announce PA10 Bid in July: DePasquale told PoliticsPA in March that he thought reform was needed in Washington D.C.

Wild Makes Emotional Plea for Suicide Awareness in House Floor Speech, Honoring Late Partner: The Lehigh County Democrat lost her partner to a suicide one month ago.

Reader Poll: Who Should Be The Next PAGOP Chair?: The race to replace Val DiGiorgio has begun.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Chaos erupts in Pennsylvania Senate over welfare bill
AP: Republicans tie voting machine cash to election-law changes
AP: Pennsylvania lawmakers move to block plastic bag bans
AP: Senate votes to allow hunting on 3 Sundays in Pennsylvania
AP: House OKs constitutional change to remove no-show officials
WITF: Funding for census outreach is unnecessary, GOP tells Wolf
WITF: Don’t discuss minimum wage, GOP speaker tells Dems during Pa. budget debate
Inquirer: Rare fight erupts on Pa. Senate floor amid debate over program for the poor
Inquirer: We asked dozens of Pa. officials for their texts and emails. One thing we learned? Gov. Wolf deletes his texts.  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Republican on Senate chaos: ‘Today we saw what happens when rules aren’t followed’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats storm off the floor as Senate sends bill eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians to Gov. Wolf
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s what Pennsylvania’s public education advocates think of this year’s budget plan
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s rainy day fund, explained: Why a $250 million deposit is getting so much attention 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House, Senate Republicans tout looming completion of package of pro-farmer bills
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House approves $4.5B border aid package that Pa. Republicans believe is ‘insufficient’
Delco Daily Times: Sestak aims to ‘heal the soul of America’ with presidential bid 
City Paper: Why Pa. State Treasurer Joe Torsella wants Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down as board chair
City Paper: Former Pa. congressman and presidential candidate Joe Sestak might be a NIMBY
StateImpactPA: Groups criticize state budget shifting $10 million from environmental fund
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor
PLSReporter: Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining
PLSReporter: Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses
PLSReporter: Lawmakers share milkshake “cheers” for the passage of 13 AG bills
PLSReporter: Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania House of Representatives sends flexible instructional day option for schools to Governor Wolf’s desk (VIDEO)
WHYY Newsworks: States and feds continue to shortchange Delaware River Basin Commission in 2020 budget proposals
Tribune Review: Report: Pa. students would have to do triple time to work their way through college
PA Post: Advocates criticize shifting $10M from Pa. environmental fund
Morning Call: Play ball! Pennsylvania legislators prepping for tonight’s annual partisan baseball game 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate embroiled in chaos over bill to scuttle cash assistance program
Patriot News: Pa. House considers $90M for voting machines, end to straight-party voting  
Patriot News: Missing meetings could cost Pa. local officials their elective post under House-passed proposed constitutional amendment 
Patriot News: Wolf calls for complete investigation into fires and explosion at largest oil refinery on the East Coast
Patriot News: Protestors march through Capitol, urge Pa. legislators to eliminate child marriage loopholes

Philadelphia Magazine: Kenney: PES Refinery “Intends to Shut Down” as Blast Investigation Begins
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s controversial new affordable housing policy might actually be working  
WHYY Newsworks: South Philly refinery damaged by fire will close, city says; union calls layoffs a ‘disgrace’  
WHYY Newsworks: Renewing emergency response to opioid crisis, Philadelphia cites progress addressing homelessness, addiction
AP: Hahnemann hospital owner announces closure, citing losses
Billy Penn: Where to watch the Democratic 2020 presidential debates in Philly  
Billy Penn: Philly courts website is finally back after ‘not Russian’ virus attack
PLSReporter: Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions  
KYW Newsradio: City Council’s gun task force holds, what it calls, an ’emergency meeting’
KYW Newsradio: Inquirer guild members protest threat to their livelihood: ‘They say layoff, we say back off’
Inquirer: What are elected officials doing with their government-related texts and emails?
Inquirer: We asked dozens of Pa. officials for their texts and emails. One thing we learned? Gov. Wolf deletes his texts. 
Inquirer: How to stem Philly’s gun violence? Officials discuss obstacles, strategies at City Hall 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Energy Solutions to close refinery damaged by fire; gas prices spike
Inquirer: Hahnemann University Hospital’s inner turmoil: A timeline of changes, layoffs, and closing 
Inquirer: Amtrak is suing SEPTA to raise its rent – from $1 to $1.5 million 
Inquirer: Some board members question proposed sale of Philly school district building to charter operator
Inquirer: Philly’s first Vietnamese plaza might be turned into townhouses, but not without a fight
Inquirer: Democratic debate watch parties in Philly: Where supporters of each candidate are watching 
Inquirer: In Philly, Elizabeth Warren supporters watch her take debate’s center stage

Bucks County Courier Times: Former state Rep. Bernie O’Neill tapped for Centennial BOE seat
Delco Daily Times: Sestak aims to ‘heal the soul of America’ with presidential bid
Delco Daily Times: Pipeline workers protest county council vote on moratorium
Delco Daily Times: Delco council to host a workforce information session for refinery workers
Daily Local News: Malvern woman announces candidacy for 167th District
Daily Local News: Goshenville: A new overlay district proposed in East Goshen
Daily Local News: Rep. Williams supports new auto shop opening in Coatesville 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Trapped’ on the Main Line: Expensive private schools benefit from Pa. tax credits but report zero low-income students 
KYW Newsradio: How Montco led Pa. toward same-sex marriage a generation after Stonewall
KYW Newsradio: Months after state pulls kids from Glen Mills Schools, new leadership hopes to win back trust

KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Proposes Recycling Expansion Plan
Post-Gazette: Councilwoman Darlene Harris disapproves of process to pay $45K in city ethics legal fees 
Post-Gazette: Officer in Antwon Rose shooting denies family’s federal lawsuit claims 
Post-Gazette: Peduto proposes $500K for blue bins, pushing for “higher-quality” recycling 
WESA: FOP And City Clash Over Policy For Investigating Pittsburgh Police Shootings 
City Paper: Environmentalists critical of natural-gas storage hub in Southwest Pa. regional plan
City Paper: Meet the teenage activist trying to build a climate-change movement in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council hesitant to pay legal fees for ethics board
Tribune Review: Allegheny County launches air quality dashboard on website
Tribune Review: Penn Hills to host sewage and water town hall  

Beaver County Times: Bucking colleagues, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine votes against state budget 
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Camera Bartolotta’s technical schools bill passes Senate 
Beaver County Times: State Senate passes two bills from Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. 
Beaver County Times: IRS penalties could come out of taxpayer pockets 
Observer-Reporter: Bill to oust politicians for neglect of duty passes state House
Tribune Review: Westmoreland GOP commissioner candidates to keep separate campaigns
Altoona Mirror: Bill would exempt area from emissions tests
Altoona Mirror: GOP to decide method for replacing candidate 
Altoona Mirror: Dems blast House-passed budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Reps. Joyce, Thompson react to Mueller news

Times-Tribune: Ernie Preate’s Daughter May Lead State Republican Party 
Times-Tribune: Carbondale Area School District files tax liens on city mayor’s properties 
Citizens Voice: Urban calls for council to rescind vehicle registration fee
Citizens Voice: High court ruling renews debate in demolition lawsuit 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilman presses for answers on cyber attack
The Times Leader: AG refers Hanover Area audit findings to Ethics Commission, prosecutors

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg school receiver to approve budget that will include tax increase
Patriot News: A bad time for stormwater fees? Harrisburg mayor says it is, but water board decides otherwise
Patriot News: Protestors march through Capitol, urge Pa. legislators to eliminate child marriage loopholes 
Lebanon Daily News: Property owner’s grievances with neighbor who rents reopens inspection policy discussion
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s what you need to know about Lancaster County’s new voting system
LNP | LancasterOnline: School meal debt in Lancaster County has skyrocketed since passage of ‘lunch shaming’ law
LNP | LancasterOnline: Coatesville council ordinance welcomes food trucks in time for ‘biggest and hottest event’ in the city
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council notes: Framework for rental inspection ordinance coming July 30
Carlisle Sentinel: County picks new voting machines as state’s paper backup mandate still unresolved

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: ‘There are people who love you’: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild gives emotional plea for suicide prevention on anniversary of her partner’s death
Morning Call: Lehigh and Northampton among Pennsylvania counties helping ICE to deport people, study says
Reading Eagle: A federally funded program that offers free food to low-income Berks seniors seeks recipients
Express Times: Does the gentrification of South Bethlehem pit preservation against progress?
Express Times: In emotional House speech, the Lehigh Valley’s congresswoman reveals her partner recently took his own life

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local lawmakers approve of House budget plan
Erie Times-News: State Board of Pardons secretary to speak in Erie Thursday
Erie Times-News: Erie School Board, County Council LERTA votes may come next week
Centre Daily Times: Centre County residents will pay more for recycling services. Here’s why

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Meanwhile, parents fret: Wolf, Levine must move quickly on fracking study
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Send in the big guns: Feds should help local government with cybersafety 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Potholes shouldn’t be forever 
Inquirer Staff: Pro/Con: Debating Center City Sips with Philly restaurant industry insiders
Malcolm Kenyatta and Vincent Hughes: Poverty is the moral issue of our time 
Melissa Shusterman: General Assistance in Pennsylvania is a financial lifeline
Maria Panaritis: Pennsylvania Republican Party chief’s disgrace could be good news for Trump 2020 
John L. Micek: ‘A very serious vote:’ A few scenes from Day 2 of Budget Week | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Shira Goodman and Deborah Gordon Klehr: Lawmakers, Wolf need to reject this backdoor attempt to arm teachers
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Free college tuition will close more schools 
Dan Simpson: War with Iran would be Trump’s biggest mistake
Ernest Owens: If You Think Helen Gym Is “Philly’s AOC,” You’d Better Look Up “Progressive” Again
Solomon Jones: Pete Buttigieg’s record on race should have been scrutinized earlier 
Mike Newall: In the Northwest Philly neighborhood where he grew up, a police inspector reckons with rising gun violence 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Refinery fire pricing
Joseph N. DiStefano: Philly, get with the future. Fix the Liberty Bell

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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